Issue 138               20th March 2023         

Innovation in housing for older people
Tuesday 25th April 2023 – 10.30 am – 12.00 noon
 Elders Council Offices, Campus for Ageing & Vitality

We invite you to hear about new ideas for the design of homes to make them good places to live in as we age. 
Faye Sedgewick from Northumbria University is working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Building Design Northern Architects to develop a new approach to housing and care. 
She is joining us to share her work and how it is being actively integrated into the design and construction of Architectural projects. 
Join us in the Elders Council offices to hear more about the work involved. 
Please let us know if you are interested in coming so that we can ensure sufficient seating, tea and biscuits.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

What's the Elders Council doing?

Project ICE
Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00pm during term time
Room 208, Squires Building, Northumbria University, City Centre Campus (opposite the Civic Centre)

Do you need help with your smartphone, tablet or laptop? If so, drop in to one of these sessions with student volunteers for support.
If you are concerned about being scammed then you can ask for help to identify fraud requests here.

Spring Break Vacation: Monday 27th March to Friday 14th April

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Older Voices Radio Show
Nova Radio North East on frequency 102.5fm

During the Easter holidays there will be a slightly different radio programme, including music, as follows:

Sunday 2nd April - Steve will be sharing his life story part 1
Sunday 9th April  - Steve's life story part 2
Sunday 16th April - Food and Drink with special guests to be confirmed.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Wellbeing for Life Jesmond
Wednesday 5th April from 10.30 to 12 noon
at Jesmond Library

'Out and About'

This is an opportunity to meet old and new friends and tell others what you like to do on your day out.
Exchange information about places to go to, what to see, accessibility, transport and of course the best places to eat out are always welcome.
If you would like to know more or join online, please email:


What is Ageism?

The Elders Council was invited to give a presentation to Social Care students at Northumbria University recently. Two of our volunteers shared organisational and personal views of how this subject is displayed and received by older people.
It was a very interesting 2 hour session in which we also debated why what is acceptable to one person is not to another. We viewed birthday cards about age, memory and ability and had some interesting and surprising responses!
If you have any thoughts on this and want to tell us, please contact us via the links below.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 


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Interests and Activities


Virtually Tuneless Choir
Tuesday 28th March at 8pm

£6 online

Virtually Tuneless is a choir created just for those who couldn’t reach a physical Tuneless Choir when we started returning to meeting in person.

Everyone is welcome to come along, and you’ll get to sing like no one is listening with people from around the UK and even the world.
If you would like to find out more then please click the links below.



National Lottery Open Week at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums
From 18 - 26 March 2023

Visitors are being offered a variety of free activities across museums and galleries on Tyneside during this week. You will need to show a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on entry, it’s as simple as that!   

Some activities do need to be pre-booked. Please see specific events for full details.

Highlights of the programme include: free entry to Segedunum Roman Fort, 2-4-1 planetarium shows, behind the scenes tours and expert led gallery/exhibition talks.  

National Lottery Open Week (TWAM) - Information Now


March to July 2023
Tuesday mornings between 10.30 am and noon

Meetings are held in the Brunswick Methodist Church Hall (off Northumberland Street, beside Fenwicks)

First time visitors only are excused payment of the meeting fee of £3

April 4 - Harry & Kath Gilbert - A Shoestring called Chile
April 11 - Liz Finch - The Northumbrian Jacobites
April 18 - Peter Weighill - 30 Years of Fire Brigade Humour
April 25 - Yvonne Young - Women of Note in the North

For more information contact John Herdman 
☎ phone: 0191 4879836

Ouseburn Trust events
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023
Nine artist studios and galleries in and around Ouseburn Valley are opening their doors for Ouseburn Open Studios spring weekend.

This year you can visit 36 Lime Street as well as,
Steve Luck piano concerts     -     Jim Edwards Studio and Gallery
 Northern Print (Sunday ONLY)          -     The Biscuit Factory 
 B.Box Artist Studio        -    Biscuit Tin Studios 
Mushroom Works         -         Testhouse 5 

Ouseburn Vintage Crawl
Any vintage lovers out there? The Ouseburn Trust and Preloved Vintage Plus are teaming up to run the first ever Ouseburn Vintage Crawl on Sunday 2nd April 2023
Several venues in & around Ouseburn will host stalls brimming with vintage gems. Wander around from spot to spot & see what treasures you can find

Ready for Springtime
Spring is starting to appear in Ouseburn - and there are singing Song Thrushes, flowering Snowdrops and courting Kestrels. From woodland and scrub, to grasslands and brownfield sites, and the Ouseburn itself, the 'messy' corners of the valley are a haven for a huge diversity of species. You can volunteer to help look after these wild spaces on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm, or at a sociable litter-pick on Thursdays 2-3pm – bring your binoculars and see what you can spot! 
Get in touch with us here.




8th - 16th April 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne

The 4th edition of Newcastle Puppetry Festival is the largest festival yet.
Spanning 9 days at indoor and outdoor venues across the city, the 2023 programme has shows, workshops, talks and films for adults, kids, teens and families.
With many free events and ticketed shows ranging from £4 - £12 there is something for everyone. Venues: Dance City Newcastle Arts Centre; Ouseburn Farm Charity Ltd; Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books; The Cluny

Check out the programme and book tickets below: 
Moving Parts Arts | WHAT'S ON


Jesmond Community Festival 2023

Jesmond’s annual community festival will be back again this year, starting on Coronation Day (Saturday 6 May) and lasting until early June, with over 80 varied events, which are open to all, many of them free. Most venues in Jesmond are easily accessible from the Metro or the Q3 bus.

With so much to choose from it’s difficult to draw out highlights, but for many people one “must” will be a visit to the “Big Friendly Coronation Gathering” on the Green in front of St George’s Church on Bank Holiday Monday 8 May, with dance displays, children’s activities, cream teas and Pimm’s.

Don't forget the annual Gardens in Jesmond Festival which closes on Thursday 18th May. To enter, email


For music lovers Jesmond Choral Group will be giving a free concert in Jesmond United Reformed Church on 16 May while in St George’s Church there is a programme of free Friday lunchtime organ recitals, and a matinee of “Peter and the Wolf” on 31 May.

The Elders Council and Jesmond Library will be putting on an extra “Wellbeing for Life” meeting in the library on Wednesday 17 May (10:30am), preparing for the 10th anniversary of this series of meetings, established by Vera Bolter in 2014.

There are also guided walks, talks, exhibitions, model train rides, chances to try out Croquet, Badminton, Pickleball or Spinning, “Knit and Natter”, a photographic competition, a Ceilidh, folk music, and a showing of the classic film “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

Full details of the festival programme can be found on the website Jesmond Community Festival | Annual Showcase for Community Activities  or by picking up a printed programme from Jesmond Library.

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Volunteers Event for SEARCH Newcastle
Tuesday 28th March from 1-4pm

Brunswick Methodist Church
Newcastle NE1 7BJ

Search support older people in Newcastle with Search @ Home to live as independently as possible. They are looking for volunteers who can provide support from hospital, food and medicine pick-ups, social events, phone and digital buddies, handyperson and admin help, fundraising, walking groups.
If this interests you and you would like to get involved, either drop in to this event or make contact below.

☎ phone: 0191 2737443


The Carers Conference - The Carer Promise:
10:00am on 20th April, at St James Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

There will be Shared Learning and Partnership Working, with refreshments available from 9.30am.

Presentations and stalls will include;

  • Carer Promise: Triangle of Care: Carers Trust: Carers
  • Carer Champions: Carer Leads: Family Ambassadors
Seats at the venue will be allocated on a first come first served basis and you can now book via the link with Eventbrite as follows

St James Park have recently updated their parking information, and those wishing to park at the venue are now required to register their vehicle at reception on the day. Please be aware only Level 1 is free parking. 

Please let us know if you require any assistance by emailing or call the Involvement Team on:

☎ phone: 01670 501816
or email:

'The Future of Transport in the North East'
Monday 27th March from 6.00 to 7.30
In person at 
The Catalyst Newcastle | Homepage for the Catalyst at the Helix

The government recently announced that the North East is to receive £563M in funding for transport infrastructure in a new £1.4bn devolution deal for the region.
Will this deal mean the end of long standing issues with rail services in the region, and deliver much needed improvements to our ageing public transport infrastructure?
Could a new, directly elected mayor for the North East help address vehicle emissions and encourage investment in more sustainable travel?
Join the audience to hear this and more by booking your place via eventbrite, below.

Doors open at 5.30, the debate begins at 6pm and following a Q&A, the event will close at 7.30pm.
Register for your free place via Eventbrite.


Newcastle City Council
Car Parking Payment

NCC has proposed to remove the facility to pay by cash at the ticket machines in payment for parking at all on and off street charged parking places throughout the city. A facility will be provided at all on and off street charged parking places to pay by credit card or debit card at a ticket machine or to pay the parking charge by telephone using the PayByPhone service (where it is not currently provided). Find out more and provide your views to NCC below by 6th April 2023: Let's Talk Newcastle - (
 Your responses will be used to inform the decision about these restrictions.
You can find out what will happen next on, or email: 

If you would like to send your views independently to the Elders Council then please do so by phone or email by 31st March.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

InfoNOW Newsletter
17th March 2023

Read the latest local information, activities and events in the link below
InfoNOW News is out now (


Metro Whitley Bay Station Update

Following the temporary closure of Whitley Bay station after storm damage occurred in February, NEXUS have indicated that it should reopen by the end of March. Please don't forget to check their website before you travel so that you are not inconvenienced any further than necessary.


Integrated Care Partnership | North East and North Cumbria NHS (

Click the link above to read about the new partnership of thirteen local authorities which are responsible for the strategic health and care needs for the North of England.
The quarterly Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Forum will continue to offer opportunities to hear about and discuss health and care matters at local level.


Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Forum.

A lively discussion took place at this event with questions covering public transport to urgent care, social media usage and connecting with people with no internet access. NHS Dentistry, including payment up front, and how regular should check-ups be? 
The draft report of the recent Urgent Care listening exercise is being formulated and followed by a roadshow sometime in May.

There was also an interesting presentation from Rab Ferguson at the National Literacy Trust.
If you are keen on volunteering in your local community (i.e. setting up a free community bookshelf) or from an organisation that works with families, he would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in free children’s books and resources to help families read. 
You can contact him on to find out more, and ask any questions.

Save the date for the next meeting which will be held on Monday 19th June, venue to be confirmed. 

Grainger Market Restoration

Did you know that the completely restored glass roof is gradually being unveiled to the public. Apparently it has been stripped back to the original colour, after removing and taking samples of the 11 repaints in between.
It will be great to walk around without having to avoid (or trip over) the scaffolding.
Well done to the heritage restorers.

Newcastle City Guides
Season Tickets are available here

The first Saturday in April (1st) sees the summer opening of Greys Monument to the public, unfortunately this event is already sold out. The next one will be May 6th so if you fancy sprinting to the top, then look out for tickets being released soon.
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